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Tributes Paid To Aberdeenshire Oil Worker Killed In Tragic Accident


September 10, 2017

A probe was launched after a Scots oil worker was killed in an offshore accident in Africa.

Phillip had just become a new dadNew dad Philip Westerman, 30, was on a rig off the coast of Congo when the incident happened.

Local cops are investigating along with his bosses at surveying firm Fugro but it’s thought there are no suspicious circumstances.

Philip, from Ellon, Aberdeenshire, became a dad for the first time last December.

His devastated wife Candice, 30, posted up pictures of the couple with their baby boy after she was told the devastating news.

Her sister Taylor Murray wrote an emotional tribute to her brother-in-law. She said: “Philip was the nicest guy anyone could ever meet.

“He was an absolute gentleman, a proper romantic with a dirty sense of humour that never failed to make me laugh.

A Fugro spokesman said: “Fugro Subsea Services regret to confirm that there has been an incident offshore in Congolese waters, which has resulted in the fatality of one of our offshore ROV personnel.

“Next of kin have been informed and are being supported. Our thoughts with the family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

“Additional Fugro personnel has been mobilised to assist with the investigation. We are fully co-operating with the local authorities.”

Subsea survey specialists Fugro are based in 60 countries, including ­Aberdeen, and employ about 10,500 people.

Source: Daily Record

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